Festive board

Share the best you can afford
when you spread your festive board,
but when the supper’s thrown you must
not invite the upper crust;
don’t send friends an invitation,
or extend to your relations,
nor your sisters, nor your brothers,
but crippled drifters and all others.
For rich neighbors may invite you back,
thus repaying your good act,
but when you hold a lunch or dinner,
request a bunch of wayward sinners –
invite the lame, the poor, the blind,
any no-name soul you find –
to the banquet that you throw,
for they can’t pay back what they owe,
and by hosting them as guests,
passing this terrestrial test,
at the end you will be blessed,
when the righteous rise from rest.

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by Harrison Keely

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